Elite League play-offs: Swindon upbeat despite Coventry loss

Troy Batchelor
Batchelor top scored for Swindon Robins on Monday at Coventry

Captain Troy Batchelor is confident Swindon Robins can over turn their eight-point deficit in the play-off semi-final second leg against Coventry.

The Bees secured a 49-41 win at Brandon on Monday, with the return meeting next week at Blunsdon.

And Australian Batchelor, who scored 10+1, believes they will have the upper hand at home.

"If we can get out in front I think we can sort them out," the 27-year-old told BBC Wiltshire.

"Our track has been really good lately and we've got the knowledge there."

Monday night's rider scores
Coventry: 49Swindon: 41
Chris Harris 11+2, Jason Garrity 9+2, Kenneth Hansen 8+1, Kyle Howarth 7, James Sarjeant 6, Hans Andersen 5+2, Aaron Summers 3.Troy Bachelor 10+1, Peter Kildemand 9+1, Simon Gustafsson 7+1, Nick Morris 5, Steve Worrall 4+1, Dakota North 4, Nathan Greaves 2.

Swindon beat the Bees 60-31 in their last meeting in Wiltshire earlier this month and Bachelor added: "I can't see that score coming up again on Monday but I can see us going through to the finals. We're quietly confident.

"We've got eight points to catch up on and I think we can get it done. Hopefully everyone will come down to see us on Monday and get behind us. I can promise you we'll do our best."

Swindon host the second leg of the play-off semi-final on Monday, 3 October and the aggregate winner will face either reigning champions Poole Pirates or King's Lynn in the grand final.

The Pirates, who finished top of the table at the end of the regular season, chose to face the Stars in the last-four tie and edged a 45-44 first-leg victory in Norfolk.

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